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Council's Biggest Public Works Project to Commence - Reclaimed Water Management Scheme

Shoalhaven Water will start on the single biggest public works project to be undertaken by Shoalhaven City Council. Council has decided on the company to undertake the construction of the next stage of the Shoalhaven Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (Stage 1B).

This stage of the scheme will allow council to:

- replace aged and inferior infrastructure
- provide for future growth
- increase the volume of reclaimed water available for beneficial reuse and
significantly reduce future discharges from Nowra and Bomaderry sewerage treatment plants to the Shoalhaven River

The contract with the successful tenderer, UGL Engineering Pty Ltd includes the construction of new facilities at Bomaderry and Nowra sewage treatment plants and the design and construction of a transfer main under the Shoalhaven River to connect the two plants.  

The contract is valued at $110M and construction is expected to take approximately 2 years.  The completion of Stage 1B of the scheme will double the reclaimed water available for beneficial reuse. Approximately 20,000 ML of reclaimed water has been beneficially reused since Stage 1A of the scheme was commissioned in 2002.

Director of Shoalhaven Water, Carmel Krogh said, “The scheme will allow for further capacity for our growing community as well as include modern technology to meet new environmental standards and compliance with NSW Environmental Protection Authority.”

“As the largest project undertaken by Shoalhaven City Council, Shoalhaven Water Stage 1B has involved a rigorous tender process that has now been finalised. The review of tenders has been ongoing since February this year and we are pleased to announce that UGL Engineering Pty Ltd has been selected through this process. We are looking forward to working with UGL to deliver a high quality project and showcase Shoalhaven’s leadership in this field.

Ms Krogh continued, “This project has a number of complex engineering challenges and has been in the planning stage for a number of years with significant consultation between Council, the State Government, members of the dairy industry, regulatory authorities, the Shoalhaven Community and other key stakeholders. It is a privilege to be involved in a project with positive benefits flowing to the community and to be a part of the continuation of a scheme that was commenced over 20 years ago.”

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